The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has announced 10 finalists in its 2015 DiscoverDesign.org National High School Architecture Competition. Recent Westlake High School graduate Loren Kreider is among the finalists who submitted design projects to design or redesign an underutilized space in their communities into a pocket park to encourage communities to come together and positively activate a space.
A jury team of 25 architects, engineers, designers, architectural educators and university professors from across the country evaluated the entries. The winner will be announced June 17 and will win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Chicago’s amazing architectural legacy. All 10 finalist projects can be seen at DiscoverDesign.org/competition2014.
CAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture. In January 2012, it launched DiscoverDesign.org, a unique web-based learning tool that gives high school students the opportunity to solve real-world design problems. Through project-based learning and social networking, students are connected with professional architects and engineers, allowing for real interaction and professional feedback during every step of their design process.
To help inspire kids to get involved with design and creative problem solving, CAF announced the national architecture competition and received an overwhelming response. Representing 16 high schools in 11 states, 141 teens submitted design projects.
The final 10 projects will now be judged by a round two jury including the Director of Design at HOK, Vice President at Thornton Tomasetti, an architect with Incite Design Studio and the architect and founder of Black Spectacles.
You can view Lauren’s project at DiscoverDesign.org/design/gallery/33157. The other six finalists are from Las Vegas, NV; Murrieta, CA; North Bergen, NJ; and Cupertino, CA.